The El Cortez Hotel and Casino is situated in Downtown Las Vegas and it is one of the oldest Las Vegas hotels. It opened for the first time over 75 years ago, and it has managed to retain a lot of its old charm and appeal. It still looks at charming and as quaint as it used to be. One thing a lot of visitors have noted is that it is not like most of the stiff and corporate hotels in Las Vegas. It has a very homely and the hotel has a personal touch. The employees are very friendly, and their overall attitude screams old Vegas.
Staying at this hotel is a great choice if you are looking for somewhere secluded and far away from the bustle of Las Vegas. During your stay, however, you can’t just lay idly around. This is Las Vegas, after all. Keep reading for a list of awesome ways to spend the day at the El Cortez.
Eat at The Naked City Pizza Shop
No stay at Las Vegas is complete without sampling some of the amazing food available virtually everywhere. If you don’t want to leave the hotel, that’s perfectly fine because the El Cortez has some wonderful dining options available. One of them is The Naked City Pizza Shop. The origins of this pizza shop can be traced to Buffalo, New York. You can try some of the delicious pizza at the shop located inside the El Cortez. The menu items are prepared daily, so you don’t worry about staleness. You can choose from antipasto, pizza by the slice, sub sandwiches, and whole pizzas.
Head to The Parlour Bar & Lounge for Drinks
The members of the staff at the main hotel are not the friendly ones; the workers at this bar located in the El Cortez are, too. The bartender makes it a point to remember your name and your usual order. They also have a commendable selection of drinks and a warm and lovely ambience. They also have their Happy Hour everyday from 4-6pm where they sell $5 appetizers, 2-for-1 cocktails, and half-price draft beer.
Enjoy Some Live Entertainment
At the Parlour Bar, there are some live shows held weekly. On Wednesdays, catch “Nash Vegas” from 6-10pm. Other shows and sports viewing hold on other days of the week like Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On some Fridays and Saturdays, you can enjoy piano music by Ray Horvarth.
Hit the Slots
The “casino” in “El Cortez Hotel and Casino” is in no way silent. There is almost no sound as sweet as hitting a jackpot, and where better to hit the jackpot than at the El Cortex Casino? No matter which slot machine is your favorite, you can find it at El Cortez. El Cortez also happens to be the only place in Las Vegas where players are treated to either ticket or traditional coin-operated machines.
With these activities and so much more to enjoy at the EL Cortez Hotel and Casino, it really should be your choice for your next vacation. It might still have an air of old Vegas, but it is definitely not outdated.